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Tailormade P ZERO tyre for the New BMW M5

Parichay Malvankar
Written by Parichay Malvankar

With the new BMW M5, the Munich-based automobile group is presenting an uncompromising combination of an elegant business saloon and high-performance sports car. The innovative all-wheel drive system M xDrive of the powerful all-new BMW M5 with its 600 hp (441 kW) engine turns the driver into a self-assured pilot of a high-performance sports saloon with incredible power, precision and agility. To transfer these features to the road in a perfect way, BMW is equipping the sports saloon with specially engineered P Zero from Pirelli.

The following dimensions were approved:

Front axle: 275/35 ZR 20 (102Y) XL P Zero

Rear axle: 285/35 ZR 20 (105Y) XL P Zero

This individual version of the P Zero was developed in close cooperation with the development and testing departments of Pirelli and BMW. Starting point for their collaboration was the new version of the ultra-high performance tyre P Zero, unveiled just last spring.

In line with Pirelli’s perfect-fit philosophy a version of the P Zero was tailored for the BMW M5 that precisely suits to the individual model, perfectly harmonizes with the chassis and matches exactly the various characteristics of the fascinating sports saloon.

In order to adapt the performance features of the P Zero to the driving characteristics of the BMW M5, Pirelli engineers modified the tread pattern of the tyre to optimise the noise level. Its compound contains special polymers developed by Pirelli for Formula 1, which have proven themselves in the premier class of motorsport. The P Zero of the BMW M5 benefits from this due to its high grip level and good performance at wet conditions. To ensure that the balance between the front and rear axles of the vehicle harmonises as well as possible, the engineers used different layer constructions in the carcasses for front and rear tyres. In addition, the contour of the P Zero have been matched to the rim and is designed to give the tyre the best performance on the M5.

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Parichay Malvankar

Parichay Malvankar

Founder, owner and editor-in-chief of www.Shifting-Gears.com; a born gearhead, nothing apart from a set of wheels gets his pulse racing.